Lead Building Engineer


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Lead Building Engineer
The Howard Hughes name is synonymous with entrepreneurial vision, tenacity and a pioneering spirit, values that today are embodied by The Howard Hughes Corporation.  While Hughes’ passion for aviation and the silver screen are legendary, it was his visionary investment in real estate that forms the bedrock of the company today.  At the core of our DNA we believe we can Make Life Extraordinary.  For our people, for our stakeholders, for our shareholders and for the people that live, breathe, consume and experience our brand.
We believe in “Thinking Big” at The Howard Hughes Corporation.   We are driven by entrepreneurialism, a passion for excellence, and an unrelenting dedication to success.  Our mission is to be the pre-eminent developer and operator of master planned communities and mixed-use properties.  We create timeless places and memorable experiences that inspire people while driving sustainable, long-term growth and value for our shareholders. We create environments where people want to live, work, shop, dine and play from coast to coast to coast.
The Lead Engineer's primary responsibilities will include the inspections of building system at the office and retail properties, parking garages and other corporate assets within Columbia, Maryland.  The Lead Engineer will assist with hands on duties as needed related to all property services and work with outside contractors in completing construction, maintenance, and other required projects. Lead Engineer is responsible for licensing and inspection requirements, and assisting with supervision of all engineering staff. The Lead Engineer will also assist with budget preparation, bid requests, project/contractor oversight and other duties as assigned.
  • Must be able to utilize advanced skills to diagnose complex issues with building mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems and perform maintenance/repairs on air conditioning, heating, electrical and plumbing systems, water and sewer lines, roofing, tile, carpet, flooring, doors, windows, gas and electric boilers, chillers, walls and ceilings, security system, tile, other equipment as required
  • Assist with supervision of engineering staff
  • Leads shift operations, assigns work orders, and/or provides technical and procedural training of coworkers and subcontractors.Arranges for subcontractors as needed
  • Oversees preventive maintenance program to ensure that building machinery and systems meet or exceed their rated life
  • Maintains Angus Tenant Work Order System
  • Oversees and inspects the work performed by outside contractors
  • Respond to AFTER HOURS emergency calls portfolio wide as part of scheduled rotating shift
  • Estimate cost of work for budgetary purposes; obtain materials necessary to complete building maintenance
  • Inspects building systems including fire alarms, HVAC, and plumbing to ensure operation of equipment is within design capabilities and achieves environmental conditions prescribed by client
  • Complies with all applicable codes, regulations, governmental agency and Company directives related to building operations and work safety
  • Maintain fire and life safety standards
  • Maintain MSDS manuals
  • Member of the facility emergency team and safety inspection team
  • Maintain and repair building equipment and systems
  • Perform general maintenance and repairs, as assigned throughout common areas
  • Effectively interact with tenants and customers
  • Effectively cooperate with co-workers, contractors and contracted services
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Minimum 8 years’ Facility Maintenance or Trade/Field related experience in commercial buildings
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a supervisory role
  • OSHA and NFPA Standards
  • Good tenant relations skills
  • Work with little supervision
  • Interact and communicate effectively as part of a team
  • Handle a dynamic work environment with competing priorities
  • Build positive working relationships with employees and contractors
  • Exercise sound judgment when making decisions
  • Good problem solver/creative thinker
  • “Can-do” attitude, pro-active and resourceful
  • Passionate, entrepreneurial and dedicated to success.
  • High School Diploma Required
  • Trade School or Apprenticeship Program Preferred
  • HVAC-Refrigerant CFC certified.
  • District of Columbia 3rd Class or Maryland 1st Class Steam Engineers license
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic chemicals and outside weather conditions
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  • Climbing, lifting, and walking.
  • Operation of a high-lift, motor vehicles, other related equipment
  • Use of computer software as it pertains to building automation systems
  • Indoor and outdoor exposure